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Important Cal Grant / Chafee Updates
This screen contains important updates about the Cal Grant and Chafee programs. CSAC makes every effort to keep you updated.

Cal Grant Updates

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  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 and higher
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To download one of the recommended browsers, you may click on the Help Center link on the right side of this page.


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How do I contact CSAC?

If you need additional assistance, you may contact the Customer Assistance staff at (888) 224-7268. Customer Assistance fields Cal Grant, Chafee and other Specialized calls Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to Noon, and from 1:00 pm to 4:45 pm. If you are unable to create a WGS account, or have an account but have forgotten your user id and/or password please call 1-888-294-0148 between 8:00-4:45 pm for technical assistance only.

When will I know if I've received a Cal Grant Entitlement Award?

After you apply, you can track the status of your Cal Grant application online by using WebGrants for Students. If you met the Entitlement Cal Grant application requirements and qualified for an award, you will receive award notification in the form of the California Aid Report, or CAR. CSAC receives corrections and reprocesses Entitlement students throughout the year.

I qualified for Cal Grant A and B, so why was I awarded Cal Grant B?
A student may meet the eligibility requirements for both Cal Grant A and Cal Grant B but state law allows a student to accept only one. Students are selected into Cal Grant A or B based on information provided to the Commission by the participating colleges. Cal Grant A pays the same amount each year for up to four years. Cal Grant B pays a smaller amount the freshman year but higher amounts in later years. Students should consult with their college Financial Aid Office before switching their Cal Grant program.
When will I know if I've received a Cal Grant Competitive Award?

After you apply, you can track the status of your Cal Grant application online by using WebGrants for Students. If you met the Competitive Cal Grant application requirements and qualified for an award, you will receive award notification. The competitive award process is anticipated to run by June 1st.

When and how does my Cal Grant award renew?

Cal Grant awards should be renewed by June 30th for students who:

  • meet the minimum financial need,
  • have filed a current year FAFSA,
  • have met income/assets guidelines,
  • have met satisfactory academic progress,
  • have satisfied a minimum number of terms, and
  • have remaining program eligibility.
Once your Cal Grant is renewed, you will be able to process a fall school change, if needed. Please note, a GPA Verification form is not necessary to renew your Cal Grant.
Am I eligible for any other state funding as a Cal Dream Act applicant?

Yes, you could possibly be eligible for institutional funding such as a Board of Governor's Fee Waiver. Check with the Financial Aid Officer at your school for more information on private grants or scholarships.

Are you a current Cal Grant recipient attending college at least half-time?

If YES, you should:

1. Check the school listed on your WebGrants for Students (WGS) account and update as needed.

2. If the correct school is listed and you have not been paid, contact your financial aid office to confirm eligibility and request payment. If you haven't submitted required documents to your financial aid office to complete your financial aid file, please do so immediately.

If NO and you plan on attending college, you may post a leave of absence on your WGS account

Parental Access

Keeping in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, if you are a student who is either 18 years or older or attending college, we are unable to assist your parent with questions pertaining to your account without your permission. For security purposes and to protect your privacy, you must complete a Third Party Release Form (G-25) on WebGrants for Students at www.webgrants4students.org, which will authorize your parent to act on your behalf.


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